Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Visit to One of Canada's Largest Bookstores

With two biblioholics visiting us last weekend before Celtfest, we decided to take them to The Book Gallery (clickable link), a highly unique used bookstore in our town. It calls itself, Canada's Largest Bookstore, or at least I have always thought that it proclaimed that on the sign outside the store. However, on the website, I see that it says: One of Canada's Largest Bookstores.

Well, it certainly is unique and quite an adventure with shelves leaning this way and that and books piled two or three deep on shelves.

Working in tight quarters, this shot is actually a 4 shot vertical pano stitch. I asked Lightroom put the stitch together, and then I used the Holga Lens Infrared simulation filter in Perfect Effects to stylize the photo in a way that I thought apropos.


I continued to wander about and thought this next view good for showing the shelving plus the dishevelled desk at the end of the aisle. I decided on an instamatic sort of processing on this 3 shot pano.


My final shot is a straight single shot, processed in a old postcard sort of effect. More warped shelves are visible.


Our company found several books that they had been unable to obtain elsewhere, so it all worked out pretty well, and we lived to tell the tale.

Due to some laziness plus a certain ineptitude, I uploaded much larger images than usual if you care to click for a closer inspection.

10 comments:

ADRIAN said...

The sort of place I could spend a day in.

Savannah Devilles was Linda Seccaspina said...

great story... I keep going by it but have never written about it.. Thanks from all of us..:)

Vicki Lane said...

Looks like parts of my house.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, my goodness! i could smell the dust through your photos! :)

Donna said...

omgggg!!! I would lose my Mind in there! Love it!
I also want to clean it UP!!!Hahaaa
hughugs

Mara said...

I could get lost in there!

troutbirder said...

My kind of place. I could spend hours...:)

Mary Gilmour said...

Technical wizardry and a great story in these photos. Love it!

EG CameraGirl said...

I could probably spend many happy hours in this store.

Marie Smith said...

A book lover's paradise. Your photos, with the effects you used were perfect for the setting. I would lose myself in that place.